GBQ Admits Minton as Partner, National Restaurant Practice Leader

Dustin Minton

Columbus, Ohio-based GBQ (FY18 net revenue of $31.7 million) has announced that Dustin Minton has joined the firm and has been admitted as a partner within the assurance practice. Based in the Cincinnati office, Minton will lead GBQ’s national restaurant industry efforts.

 Minton has over 20 years of public accounting experience, including 15 years working with many of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurants and most well-respected brands across all restaurant segments. Prior to joining GBQ, he was a partner and restaurant practice leader at three other firms.

“Our market insights indicate that there is an unmet need at this time for a firm focused on the private company, mid- to smaller-size restaurants. With Dustin’s leadership, we plan to be the firm that fulfills that need,“ says Tom Powers, director of assurance services.

Minton specializes in providing accounting and consulting services for privately held restaurants and franchisors. In addition to traditional audit, review and compilation services, he also consults with restaurants on best practices related to internal controls, benchmarking, franchise development, corporate structures, financing options and growth strategies.

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Hancock Askew Announces Promotions

Patricia Siles

Patricia Siles

Savannah, Ga.-based Hancock Askew & Co. (FY18 net revenue of $15.7 million) has admitted two professionals to the partner group, Patricia Siles and Grey Bell, and promoted Alfredo Reynoso to principal.

MP Michael McCarthy says, “These promotions recognize Patricia, Grey and Alfredo’s outstanding accomplishments and their commitment to our firm and core values. Additions to the leadership team like these are key to the future of the firm and we look forward to many years of continued leadership together for our clients, community and our employees.”

Siles is a tax partner in the Miami office, with more than 21 years of experience. She has been with Hancock Askew since May of 2016. She spent the first 18 years of her career with a regional firm based in Coral Gables, Fla. She concentrates her tax practice on business, individual and international tax clients.

Grey Bell

Grey Bell

Bell, a tax partner in the Atlanta office, has 15 years of experience in public accounting. He has been with Hancock Askew since 2015. His practice focus is providing proactive business and tax advisory services for closely held businesses, partnerships, corporations and high-net-worth individuals.

Reynoso is now an audit principal in the Miami office and has over nine years of experience in public accounting. He began with Hancock Askew in 2016 at the opening of the Miami office. His area of expertise includes financial statement audits, compliance audits, internal audits and merger and acquisition assistance for both private and public companies.

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Henry+Horne Admits Hemmerle to Partnership

Brian Hemmerle

Tempe, Ariz.-based Henry+Horne (FY18 net revenue of $27 million) announces the admittance of Brian Hemmerle to the partnership, bringing the total number of partners to 17. He will serve as the PIC of government services.

Hemmerle joined the government niche at Henry+Horne in 2009. He has over 10 years experience providing audit services for governmental and not-for-profit entities.

“Brian has demonstrated professionalism, commitment and exceptional client service throughout his career. He is very deserving of this promotion,” say co-MPs Chuck Goodmiller and Chuck Inderieden.

Hemmerle is based in Henry+Horne’s Tempe office.

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BeachFleischman, Payroll Entrepreneur Launch Contempo HCM

Lawrence Bailliere

Lawrence Bailliere

Payroll executive Lawrence Bailliere and Tucson, Ariz.-based BeachFleischman (FY17 net revenue of $26.9 million) have formed a joint venture to launch Contempo HCM LLC, a payroll and human capital management company.

Bailliere has been named CEO and will lead the company’s growth and strategic vision. BeachFleischman will offer Contempo’s services to its clients as well as provide the company with operational support. Contempo HCM was launched to meet the workforce management needs of Arizona business owners operating in the small business and middle-market sectors.

Contempo HCM operates as an iSolved Certified Network Partner. The iSolved Network is an ecosystem for elite, high-growth payroll service providers utilizing the iSolved platform. Contempo HCM’s cloud-based workforce management solutions include payroll, time and attendance, HR administration and electronic benefit administration for Arizona business owners.

Bailliere believes business owners can reduce the cost and complexity of managing a workforce. “Our system provides real-time data and immediate access to information for better decision-making. We want our clients to focus on their core objectives while outsourcing the risks and burdens associated with the changing employer and workforce management environment.”

Marc Fleischman, BeachFleischman’s CEO says, “We are excited about the incredible opportunities that Contempo brings to the marketplace. It’s locally owned, and Larry is a proven industry thought leader and entrepreneur who will leverage the talents of his team to help our current and future clients accomplish their goals.”

Contempo HCM is headquartered in Tucson and has an office in Phoenix.

Sensiba San Filippo Names New Audit PIC

Bob Belshe

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Sensiba San Filippo (FY18 net revenue of $30.1 million) announces that Bob Belshe has been appointed PIC of audit.

Belshe, who became a partner in 2015, has more than 15 years’ of experience providing sophisticated accounting and management services to companies in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area. He works extensively with venture-backed, emerging technology companies with an emphasis on the software, SaaS, semiconductor and medical device industries.

“Bob’s commitment to client service and technical excellence, coupled with his passion for developing other professionals, make him an ideal leader for our thriving audit practice. He is an innovative and fearless practitioner, and we’re so pleased he has agreed to step into this important role,” says MP John Sensiba.

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Janover Partner Elected an Officer of NYSSCPA

Joseph A. Maffia

Joseph A. Maffia

Garden City, N.Y.-based Janover LLC (FY17 net revenue of $30 million) announces that Joseph A. Maffia will be installed as a vice president of the board of directors for the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA). His one-year term begins June 1.

Maffia has practiced public accounting for over 38 years. He serves businesses and individuals across a wide array of industries, including technology and software development, sports, arts and entertainment and charities, foundations and not-for-profits.  At Janover, Maffia serves as co-chair of the quality control committee, having previously served on Janover’s executive committee.

Maffia has served on NYSSCPA committees, is involved in the AICPA and serves on the boards of several nonprofits in New York.

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David Hartley Joins Anders as Partner to Expand Advisory Services

David Hartley

David Hartley

St. Louis-based Anders CPAs + Advisors (FY17 net revenue of $31.8 million) has admitted David Hartley as a partner to lead growth of the advisory services practice.

Hartley has more than 25 years of experience in C-suite leadership roles and consulting with privately held businesses on technology strategy and enterprise risk services.

Prior to joining Anders, Hartley was a principal at a Top 100 accounting firm, working with closely held, private and middle-market businesses on technology audits and enhancements. Named the 2018 Outstanding Visionary by the Missouri Society of CPAs, Hartley also served as CIO at a publicly traded coal producer, where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s technology, including strategy, applications development, infrastructure and cybersecurity. Hartley is a frequent speaker and writer.

“Anders already has a strong reputation for delivering high-impact services to clients, with all the right ingredients in place for continued growth,” explains Hartley. “I’m excited to join as a catalyst to accelerate the firm’s growth in high value advisory services. Today’s middle market companies navigate a myriad of opportunities and challenges and need valuable advisors to bring expertise and wisdom along the way.”

MP Robert Minkler says Hartley’s hiring marks a new focus on non-traditional accounting services. “We believe this is where the profession is heading, and it is an opportunity to provide additional value to our clients and to grow the firm purposefully.” With technology driving change in the accounting industry, the firm believes bringing in Hartley is a natural step in developing the firm of the future.

Anders advises clients in areas of technology, outsourced accounting, banking, fraud, valuation, litigation, business transition planning, cybersecurity and data analytics, among others.

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Pathway Forensics Opens Downtown Houston Office

Pathway Forensics, the digital forensics firm of Houston-based Briggs & Veselka Co. (FY17 net revenue of $36.2 million), is opening an office in Houston.

Now located in The Woodlands, Texas, the additional office is designed to better serve the Houston and its surrounding suburbs.

To head up the firm’s new downtown office, Clint Koenig has joined Pathway Forensics as a senior consultant. Koenig brings more than 18 years’ experience in forensic technology, and was most recently with KPMG’s forensic technology practice, where he specialized in providing digital evidence recovery, management, and review services to Fortune 500 companies in support of their ongoing civil litigation, compliance and monitoring, internal investigations and fraud detection.

“Clint brings years of digital forensics experience to Pathway and adds to our already talented cybersecurity team,” says Noel Kersh, principal at Pathway Forensics.

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ORBA Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Cara Sample

Cara Sample

Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd. (FY17 net revenue of $29.4 million) of Chicago, announces the appointment of Cara Sample as chief financial officer.

She has more than 14 years of experience in both public and corporate accounting and is responsible for providing strategic financial input, overseeing the accounting process and developing financial procedures for the firm.

“Cara’s versatile accounting background and experience in managing finances for large corporations will be a vital asset to ORBA,” says Mark Thomson, managing director.

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Sax LLP Adds Transaction Advisory Services

Clifton, N.J.-based Sax LLP (FY17 net revenue of $37.7 million) has launched a transaction advisory practice to help companies navigate complex transactions whether buying or selling, restructuring or providing capital solutions.

Sax says that with the increasing rate of M&A deals and transactions across all industries, a natural move to assist companies with deal strategy, valuation and performance improvements, due diligence, and the integration or divestiture of a business.

“We always work to help create value, manage risk and seize opportunities to unlock potential growth, and our transaction advisory practice is one more value-enhancing service for businesses who are in pursuit of synergy, diversification, growth and the competitive advantage,” says MP Joseph A. Damiano.

The practice is led by partner Todd W. Polyniak, who has over 30 years of auditing, accounting and advisory experience. “At Sax, we understand that capital is the lifeblood of every growing business, and we recognize the delicate balance between deal makers and deal breakers when it comes to M&As and transactions,” he says. “Our aim and intent are to properly and thoroughly advise businesses so they can make informed decisions about strategically managing capital and transactions in fast-changing markets, and to secure their intended outcome.”

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